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Back on track

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (5-3) at NEW YORK JETS (5-3)

MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.

The facts and figures for tonight's game:

KICKOFF: 8:20 p.m.

WEATHER: Partly cloudy, highs in the low 50s, dipping into the upper 40s by game's end. Winds out of the south southwest at around 5-10 mph.

NETWORK TELEVISION COVERAGE: NBC

TV ANNOUNCERS: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya

RADIO COVERAGE: 98.5 The Sports Hub, the flagship for the 37-station Patriots Radio Network

RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Gil Santos, Gino Cappelletti, Scott Zolak

COMCAST SPORTSNET COVERAGE

CSNNE.com STAFF: Tom E. Curran, Mary Paoletti, Art Martone

CSN TELEVISION: Mike Giardi

GOING DOWN: The Patriots lost, 24-20, to the Giants last Sunday, snapping their 20-game regular-season home winning streak in the process. New England has now dropped back-to-back games for the first time since Weeks 12-13 in 2009 and is looking to avoid its first three-game losing streak since a four-game skid in 2002.

GOING UP: The Jets went to Buffalo and beat the Bills, 27-11, in Week 9 and have now won three straight games overall by an average of 13.3 points per victory. Including a 4-0 mark in 2011, the Jets have won five straight home games by a combined score of 148-61.

LOOKING FOR EVENS: New England beat New York, 31-20, in these teams' first meeting of the season in Week 5. The Patriots and Jets have split their regular-season series each of the last three years.

STILL ON PACE: Tom Brady had his NFL-record 31-game regular-season home win streak snapped by the Giants last Sunday, despite recording his fifth 300-plus passing yard performance of 2011. Brady is one of four quarterbacks averaging over 300 yards through the air this season (Brees, Rodgers and Rivers are the others) and is on pace for 5,406 passing yards overall -- a number that would crush Dan Marino's NFL record of 5,084 yards in 1984.

JERSEY BOY: Mark Sanchez completed a season-best 71.4 percent of his passes for 230 yards and a touchdown (1 INT) last Sunday. Sanchez is 2-0 with a 114.5 rating (4 TDs, 0 INT) in two career home games versus the Patriots and Tom Brady.

SURE HANDED: New England players have dropped just seven catchable passes from Tom Brady this season -- fewest of any team in the league. The Jets have 14 drops in 2011 -- 15th in the NFL.